Hello, I'm basically brand new to wine. I've been drinking less than 6 months. I've read a few beginner books, so I'm fairly familiar with wine origins and how the whole system works. Love wine so far and I've totally caught the "wine bug".
So this is what I need help with... I'm recently engaged and the wedding is set for September 2010. I want to do something pretty special for my future wife/fiance. On February 1st we will have been officially dating for 2 years. I imagine the first part of the day going something like this:
"Hey babe, we're going to the wine store. I have something special planned for you." And off to the wine store we go.
Having a pre-made list, we select and purchase 10 wines.
So these 10 wines are what I need help with. Being very new to wine (and her having absolutely no experience, but enthusiastic about getting into it) I need help with what these wines should be. Below are the list of wines and their purpose:
1 - A champagne that we will open this day to celebrate our 2 years officially together
2 - Another champagne that we will open on our wedding day
3 - A wine we will open for our 1 year anniversary
4 - A wine we will open for our 2 year anniversary
5 - A wine we will open for our 3 year anniversary
6 - A wine we will open for our 4 year anniversary
7 - A wine we will open for our 5 year anniversary
8 - A wine we will open for our 10 year anniversary
9 - A wine we will open for our 25 year anniversary
10 - A wine we will open for our 50 year anniversary
I'm open to replace any wine with champagne, but would like a little variety so we have a different wine/champagne each occasion. My total budget for all 10 wines will be roughly $200-400. I also need to buy a little mini wine cellar. We live in an apartment right now. I need a good recommendation for something to keep these wines in until we have a real wine cellar in our house.
Any help is much appreciated. All I can tell you right now is that we both like White Zinfandel, but we try a new type of wine usually every week or so. I'm really focusing on french wines for the next month. But really, I'm open to buy any good recommendations you might have for later use.